Sunday, October 14, 2012

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present"); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass - held to a lower standard - because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon - affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin - that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people - conservatives included - ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clich├ęs, and that's when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all.

Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth - it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

~ Matt Patterson -- columnist - Washington Post, New York Post and San Francisco Examiner

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Obama's Economy is in the Toilet

Today there are 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment. That is an all-time record high.

When Barack Obama was elected, the percentage of unemployed Americans that had been out of work for more than 52 weeks was less than 15%. Today, it is above 30%.

There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than there were when Barack Obama was inaugurated.

When Barack Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million.

The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high.

During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent.

Since Barack Obama has been president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by 90 percent.

Since Barack Obama has been president, home values in the United States have declined by another 13 percent.

Under Barack Obama, new home sales in the U.S. set a brand new all-time record low in 2009, they set a brand new all-time record low again in 2010, and they set a brand new all-time record low once again during 2011.

Since Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by more than 6 million.

Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million. The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in “extreme poverty” is now sitting at an all-time high.

When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs more than $2000 an ounce.

Since Barack Obama became president, the size of the U.S. national debt has increased by 44 percent.

During Barack Obama’s first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined.

During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office.

The U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than 4 billion dollars per day since the beginning of the Obama administration.

Top 12 Reasons I Voted Democrat

The top 12 reasons I voted Democrat.

12. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

11. I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

10. I voted Democrat because Freedom of Speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

9. I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

8. I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

7. I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

6. I voted Democrat because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education, and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the social security from those who paid into it.

5. I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

4. I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

3. I voted Democrat because I think that it’s better to pay billions to people who hate us for their oil, but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, gopher or fish.

2. I voted Democrat because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised “HOPE AND CHANGE”.

And, finally, the No. 1 reason to vote Democrat:

1. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my rectal cavity; it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.”

The 2 John's from Michigan

The two John’s from Michigan; John Dingell and John Conyers.

Dingell serving over 54 years and Conyers over 45 years represent all that is wrong in politics.

Our founding fathers are spinning in their graves watching what is happening to this country.

Dingell has never had a paycheck from a private company; he has been on the government payroll since 1955, he took over his father’s job.

Conyers has been there since 1965 and is the congressman that when asked if he would read the helthcare biil stated; stated, he would need “two attorneys’ and a week to get through it” Isn’t this his job? To represent the people and protect us from bills like these?

Let’s just take a look at how Michigan has fared under this democratic “leadership”

In 1948 Republicans had controlled both U.S. Senate seats from Michigan, held all statewide elected offices, and enjoyed a 95-5 majority in the state House and a 28-4 majority in the Senate.

In 1955 Michigan's per capita income was 16 percent above the U.S. average—among the highest in the world—and by 1960 the state had perhaps the world's broadest middle class. Michigan economy was ranked 8th in the nation.

By 1959 Democrats held U.S. Senate seats, all statewide partisan offices, 12 of the 34 state Senate seats, and 55 of the House's 110 seats, and continued to grow.

Michigan has been dominated by democratic US senators for the last 60 years.

Fast forward to 2010, under the democratic leadership, Michigan is now ranked 41st economically and we have the highest unemployment rate in the country. The Democratic Party likes to say that they stand up for the poor and working class, yet is was the democrats that fought civil rights in the 60’s, used hate and racist tactics such as the KKK to undermine the movement. I

t was President Lincoln, a republican who abolished slavery. The democrats are the party of choice for union leaders even if the membership does not agree. The union leadership donates millions of dollars of member’s dues to the Democratic Party, regardless of what the membership tells them. This is not representation of the working class; this is representation of the rich union leaders.

Obama has lied to the American people in his efforts to “transform” our republic into a socialist government.

This is a flawed governing style and has failed economically in every instance it was tried.

Obama is a member of the New Party, an organization of socialist street organizers intent on stealing tax money from those in the suburbs to give to the poor in the inner cities through a program known as Regional Tax Sharing. Look for this and anything with the word “regional” attached to it to surface in the coming months. This is where reparations come into full swing.